What Should You Do if a Shark Attacks? A) Fight it? B) Play Dead? C) Swim Away?

What Should You Do if a Shark Attacks? A) Fight it? B) Play Dead? C) Swim Away?

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Mick Fanning’s narrow escape is a reminder that there are ways surfers can have a fighting chance when faced by the jaws of a shark…

The best thing to do, according to the University of Florida’s international shark attack file, is “leave the water – swim quickly but smoothly”, ideally with someone else so you don’t become a solitary target.

Studies undertaken by Bucher and other researchers in the US show that sharks have a tendency to pursue fleeing targets but will stop if they are faced, something Fanning did…

Read Full Article, Guardian UK

How Should We Respond When Humans and Sharks Collide?, National Geographic (07-05-2013)

The Teeth Of The Great Debate, by Jock Serong, Coastal Watch
Why shark attack statistics tell us so much, and so little…

Sharks, Victims or Perpetrators? IPS News (09-05-2013)
When it comes to humans and sharks, who is predator and who is prey? And what lessons need to be learned when people venture into environments where they are exposed to dangers posed by wildlife?…

La Réunion Island Shark Controversy, Surfer Magazine

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